Monday, June 18, 2018

Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen 101: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series

The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series is full of variety when it comes to the cars you’ll see on the track. However, the world of sportscar racing can be quite challenging if you’re not up to speed on all the details. Below, we are going to discuss some of the “must know” aspects of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship so you won’t be left in the dark at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen race on Sunday, July 1.



First off, there are three classes within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series that you’ll see at The Glen. The three classes are broken down into Prototypes (P), GT Le Mans (GTLM), and GT Daytona (GTD).  

Now, what makes each class unique? For the Prototypes, it is simple. Their sleek body styles make them unlike any other car on the track; they are in a league of their own when it comes to looks and speed. Acura, Cadillac, Mazda, and Nissan are some of the dominant manufacturers. The Cadillac DPI-V.R., Ligier LMP2, and the Mazda RT24-P make up just some of this mighty fleet. Prototypes obtain a top speed of 200 mph while generating 600 horsepower. Make sure to keep your eyes on them during race weekend, they won’t disappoint. Side Note: make sure you watch them come through the Esses, you can thank me later….


Within the GTLM and GTD classes, there is more variety. GT Le Mans features BMW, Corvette, Ford, Porsche, and Ferrari. The Ford GT, Ferrari 488 GTE, and the Corvette C7.R are just some of the cars you will see battling it out on track. The cars within the GT Le Mans class are known for speeds of 180 mph with roughly 525 horsepower. The GT Daytona class is made up of Lexus, Acura, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, Lamborghini, and BMW. Featuring cars like the Audi R8 LMS GT3, Mercedes AMG-GT3, and the Lamborghini Huracán GT3. GT Daytona follows closely behind the GTLM class, reaching speeds of 175 mph with 500 horsepower. These cars, along with the GTLM class, all look similar to a sports car you would see on the street. However, these cars are powerful and will leave you on the edge of your seat for the whole six hours!


Another interesting aspect of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series is how they differentiate “Pro” from “Pro-Am”. This was designed by IMSA to help fans tell the difference between the caliber of drivers and classes. Prototypes and the GT Le Mans class make up the “Pro” series. These cars will all feature a professional driver lineup. The “Pro-Am” class is made up of the cars within the GT Daytona category. Pro-Am simply means that there is a professional driver paired up with an amateur driver. To differentiate the two, there is a color system put into place. All “Pro” series cars will feature red markings along the car, as well as the leader light illuminated in red. “Pro-Am” series cars are decorated the same way, but with the color green.


In addition to all the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen event on Sunday, the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 240 will begin at 1:55 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. This race is truly a fan favorite. The event will now be four hours long versus the usual two hours, and with an increase in time comes and increase in the action! Similar to the WeatherTech series, the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is split up into three classes, all varying in speed with minor modifications.



Adding to the action-packed weekend, there are two other series that will be battling it out on the track. On Friday, June 29, the GT3 Cup will battle it out in their first race of the weekend beginning at 1:45 p.m. with the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series running at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, June 30, the GT3 Cup will return to the track for their second and final race of the weekend beginning at 9:20 a.m. The Lamborghini Super Trofeo series will also get their second race in with the green flag dropping at 10:25 a.m.  

The GT3 Cup showcases the power of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Driver skill ranges from amateur to professional. Races run for 45 minutes and are sure to be packed with excitement. The Lamborghini Super Trofeo series showcases the performance of the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO. This series also features a “Pro”, “Pro-Am”, and “Am” classification system. They will race a pair of 50-minute races over the weekend.


So whether you are new to the scene, or a seasoned veteran at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, you will be treated to an amazing display of racing from some of the most premier sports cars in the world. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some elite racing (and a few $1 Sahlen’s hot dogs)!



Buy your tickets now for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend, June 28th - July 1st.  General admission tickets for the weekend and Sunday are available for purchase at www.theglen.com or by phone at 1-866-461-RACE today.

If you would like to learn more about IMSA, check out their website at www.IMSA.com.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

$1 hot dogs a tasty addition to Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen

Sahlen's hot dogs and sportscar racing at Watkins Glen International go together like nothing else. After all, the two entities are embarking on the 16th consecutive year of partnership, leading into this summer's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, which features nearly 24 hours of on-track action from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup, and Lamborghini Super Trefeo.


New in 2018, Sahlen's and The Glen have teamed up to offer $1 hot dogs on Sunday, July 1st to celebrate Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen race day. Available at any of WGI's concession stands, fans are eligible to receive a regular hot dog for one dollar. 


"Sahlen's is a tremendous partner of ours, and they have been for many years," said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. "The Dollar Dog opportunity seemed like a great way to celebrate that relationship, and reward our loyal fans throughout what is sure to be a very exciting day of racing at The Glen."


Don't want to wait for June to get your fill of sportscar racing? 
For the third year in a row, the Sahlen's Sports Car Springfest will kick off the racing season at Watkins Glen International on April 21st and 22nd. For the weekend, sports cars of all types and speeds will be competing in the American Endurance Racing event. The entry list for this weekend sits at over 90 teams set to take the green flag, driving under the Sahlen's bridge just before the start/finish line at Watkins Glen International. Fans are invited to watch free of charge from the Argetsinger/Fans R First Grandstand by entering through Gate 2, just off of County Route 16.

Sahlen Packing Company was founded in 1869 in Buffalo, New York as a family business. Company founder Joseph Sahlen dedicated himself to one guiding principle: only the freshest and highest quality meat products would bear the proud Sahlen name. Today, in addiiton to be the name behind the Buffalo area's favorite hot dog and holiday hams - Sahlen's has grown from Western New York roots to offer "Old Fashioned" Smokehouse Ham and Turkey Breast in over 15 states. Still Sahlen family owned and operated, the company continues its dedication to the old-fashioned idea of providing customers with the finest products available.

Weekend and Sunday general admission tickets are on sale now for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, which includes nearly 24 hours of on-track action from four of America's premier sportscar racing series over four days at Watkins Glen International. For more information and to purchase yours, visit www.theglen.com or call 1-866-461-RACE today.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen boasts packed, fan-centric schedule

When the stars and the cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship roll into Watkins Glen International for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, June 28-July 1, they won't be alone.

Along with the world’s premier sportscar series will come a paddock loaded with talent from the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America.

New for 2018, Saturday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race has been doubled in length, from two to four hours, or 240 minutes, paving the way for a new race name: The Continental Tire 240.  


As has become the norm for Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend, the action doesn’t stop on the racetrack. 

When the engines go silent on Friday evening, all attention will turn to the infield stage, where the annual Sahlen’s Hot Dog Eating contest will take place, pitting fans against each other for competitive eating glory at the historic road course. Sign-ups will commence at the stage prior to the contest, with split adult and kids competitions.


Horseheads, New York-based Guilty Pleasure Band will open the Friday night concert at the stage once the Sahlen’s hot dogs have been devoured, bringing their strong mix of musical diversity and well-known covers to The Glen. Small Town Shade, a country quintet out of Cortland, New York will close out the night’s entertainment with dueling lead vocals, driving guitars, and an infectious rhythm section. The band has opened for the likes of Old Dominion, Frankie Ballard, Tyler Farr, Granger Smith, Parmalee, and more, and will release a new album this summer.


Fans are encouraged to stick around on Saturday evening, for a fireworks display scheduled for dusk, lighting up the skies over the twists and turns of Watkins Glen International and all of those gathered below.


The weekend culminates with Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, but not before an opportunity to get up-close and personal on the grid, with a pre-race fan walk open to all ticketholders. More information on the weekend schedule, including additional fan walk opportunities, and driver autograph sessions, is forthcoming.


“There isn’t an event on The Glen’s annual schedule that is more family-friendly than Sahlen’s Six Hours,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “From the accessibility of the drivers during the autograph sessions, the ability to get right up to the cars on the fan walk, and the overall atmosphere of the weekend, this has become a marquee event on the calendars of both our fans and for fans of sportscar racing around the world.”

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen headlines a weekend full of sportscar racing action at Watkins Glen International, June 28-July 1, 2018. For more information or to purchase tickets, fans can visit www.theglen.com or call 1-866-461-RACE. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Glamping brings new experience to The Glen's NASCAR, Wine Festival fans


When one thinks of Watkins Glen International, hundreds of associated terms can come flooding to the mind. Legendary, fast, summer, destination, and party are just five of them, and it’s understandable if "glamping" didn’t find a place among them.

Until now.



Last month, The Glen unveiled its newest addition to the best fan experience in motorsports with a new Glamping (or luxury camping) area set to debut during the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy and Go Bowling at The Glen event weekends. Simply put, Glamping is a way to experience traditional camping without having to “rough it”… that’s right, leave your tent poles at home.

Inside a comfortable 12’ x 14’ safari-style tent, glampers will find bed(s)/cots with linens, blankets, and pillows, side tables, chairs, lanterns, rug, and even a battery pack for charging electronics. Even better, a communal executive restroom will be placed in the area, only for use of glamping customers. The tents will be located together in a quiet wooded area behind the Riesbeck Grandstand, less than 200 feet away from the pedestrian bridge in Turn 11 – just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of other camping areas, but still in a location convenient to the track and other amenities.



“We are always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “When the opportunity came about to take a look at this Glamping area, and something new we could offer up to our fans, we jumped at it. It’s a great way to take in the natural beauty of this area in an open-air environment, along with some of the comforts that we’d all like to have while camping.”

Upon the roll-out of the new package in early January, top drivers and motorsports personalities were among those to praise, and purchase, Glamping at The Glen:
-Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski, “Very cool. Nice work!” and retired driver/NBC Sports personality Dale Earnhardt Jr., “Every track needs this! Looks like a blast!” each offered up their approval on social media.
-“I reserved mine today. This is a GENIUS idea!” said Max Papis, who frequently competes during Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekends at WGI, and serves as a steward to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
-NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric agreed, noting “This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time! Way to think outside the box.”

Glamping packages come as one queen bed, two twin beds, or four cots.

PURCHASE Glamping packages for Finger Lakes Wine Festival pres. by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese

PURCHASE Glamping packages for Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR weekend

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Five signs you might be a Watkins Glen International fan


Are you experiencing withdrawal symptoms from the sights, smells, and sounds of America's premier road course facility this fall? Well, you're not alone. Check out our five signs that you might just be a Watkins Glen International fan below.

1. You like turning left AND right.

2. You prefer spending time in the country over the city any day of the week.

3. You work hard and party even harder.

4. You have a sense of adventure.
"Not afraid to load up the camper and hit the open road as a weekend warrior."

5. You're a fan of great racing, no matter what series, type of car, or format.

Don't worry - tickets for Watkins Glen International events go on sale soon! In fact, if you're a returning customer from last season, the renewal process has begun. Click here for more information. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018. Mark your calendar!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

5 Reasons to Renew Your Tickets in 2018

If you were a Watkins Glen International ticketholder in 2017, we've got some great news for you.

We are approaching the renewal period for tickets, camping, and hospitality ahead of the 2018 season. Below, we outline the top five reasons to take advantage of this great opportunity to get a jump on your plans for next season!



1. Take advantage of the lowest prices of the season
Because who doesn't like discounts? Renewal customers get early access to the lowest price levels for 2018 admission, parking, and hospitality packages, saving up to $36 per ticket! Don't miss the chance to lock in next season's experiences before the holidays.




2. First dibs on relocating seats and campsites during the exclusive relocation/upgrade period for renewing customers
Interested another camping section in 2018? Want to see the race from a new grandstand next year? Take advantage of the opportunity to relocate your campsite or seats - renew your camping and tickets by December 18 and call 1.866.461.RACE (7223). The relocation period is from January 4-9 and is available only to account holders who have renewed for the 2018 season.




3. Be the first to know about new opportunities and any changes
You'll receive 2018 season information via mail, complete with the latest news and updates regarding next season's event slate at Watkins Glen International. Think of being a renewal customer like being in a really exclusive club.




4. Purchase additional tickets and camping before the general public
Tickets and camping aren't available to the general public until January 10th, and renewal customers are able to purchase additional event tickets and camping before this date. Grow your group by bringing family, friends, etc. this season!




5. Payment plans!
We offer a pair of payment plans to renewal customers, including a four-part plan that requires only 25% down at time of purchase, and a 50/50 payment plan, which splits your balance payments in two. Beginning October 30, call 866-461-RACE to pick your plan or select a plan online.




For more information on the 2018 season ticket renewal process, visit our website, or call 1-866-461-RACE and a member of our team will be happy to assist you!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Meet one of New York State's biggest Race Fans

Meet Aaron Fisher, a 20 year old NASCAR superfan from Oneonta, New York. You may recognize him from last year's Six Hours of The Glen, where he was spotted in the crowd by Joe Sahlen and chosen to hand out trophies in Gatorade Victory Lane to some of his favorite drivers.

We sat down with Aaron to talk about his favorite racing memories and what keeps him coming back to The Glen.



Q: How did you get into racing?
A: I have had a love for cars since I was born. I used to stare at cars rolling up and down our street when I was as young as two years old. It's the only thing I've ever known. When I was 6 (in 2003) my uncle introduced me to NASCAR and I've loved it ever since. Since then I have grown to love any kind or racing. If it races, I'll watch it!

Q: How many NASCAR races have you been to?
A: At this point, I've been to 34 Cup races, 12 Xfinity series races, 6 Truck series races, 4 K&N Pro Series East, and 2 Modified Tour. That makes... 58 total!

Q: Who are some of your favorites?
A: I'm a big fan of Jimmie Johnson, Michael McDowell, Ryan Reed, Ray Black Jr, and Noah Gragson. I got the chance to meet Jimmie Johnson last year at the NASCAR race. 



Q: How did you get to hand out trophies last year at Sahlen's Six Hours? 
A: Last year during Six Hours my friends and I went to Gatorade Victory Lane with about 15 minutes left in the race to make sure we had a good spot. I was wearing my Sahlen's crew shirt like I do every year, ever since I bought it at my first Six Hours in 2013. When we were standing in Victory Lane, Joe Sahlen yelled out to me to come over to him. He asked me if I wanted to help him and his son hand out the winning glass trophies to all the class winners and podium finishers (the coolest trophies ever, by the way). I, of course, said yes! It was one of the best times of my life but also a little stressful, because I didn't want to drop any of the trophies. It was really cool to get to shake the hands of drivers who I've watched race in IMSA for years. I hope I get to do it again someday! That's me, all the way on the right.



Q: What are some of your favorite memories of The Glen?
I've been coming to The Glen since 2011, and every year my friends Elijah, Josef, and I camp every year on Seneca Lake for the cup weekend. It's a tradition now. 

NASCAR Weekend: One of my favorite memories happened last year during NASCAR weekend. My friends and I were walking through the K&N garage before that evening's K&N Pro Series East race. As we were walking through the garage we saw JA Junior, a K&N driver who is an acquaintance of ours. We went over to him and talked for a few minutes, while some of the cars began to move to the grid. JA had an accident in turn 11 during qualifying earlier, so he never got a time recorded, and they didn't have a backup. So here sits his banged up racecar, going to the back of the field. His guys start to push the car, and needed some extra help. They yelled over to us, "You guys wanna help us push the car to the grid?" We of course were thrilled and agreed to help JA and his crew. 



After pushing this 3400 lb car uphill for quite a distance, we finally got it to pit road. We all just stood there, out of breath and laughing. It was really cool to be part of the crew, even if it was for just a moment. Unfortunately for JA Junior, he had to park the car as soon as the green waved because they didn't want to risk totaling the car. I know that afterwards JA was bummed, but I was glad we could've at least helped him a little bit. Racing is, after all, just one big family.


Opening Weekend: Another great memory I have of Watkins Glen is Opening Weekend in 2016. I found out about it on the WGI Facebook page, where it said you could take your own vehicle around the track. I really didn't believe it, I had never heard of a track letting you do this, so I made sure it was legit and cleared my spring vacation schedule for the event. I made sure I had absolutely nothing else going on so I could go. I asked my mom if she wanted to go with me and she agreed, so when the time came we ventured the 2.5 hour trip to the Finger Lakes Region. When we got there, I couldn't believe the amount of cars. There was a sea of them all lined up, most of them (to my surprise) were classic cars. We signed the waiver, paid our $25 to charity and waited in line. 

When it finally got to our turn to drive around, it was one of the best moments of my life. I was driving my own 2005 Chevy Equinox on a REAL racetrack! This was right after the repave, so the track was incredibly smooth. No bumps, only banking where it was intended. One thing I didn't realize until I drove the track myself was the magnitude of the elevation changes throughout the whole track. We got three awesome laps around WGI and loved every minute of it. Now it's become another yearly tradition for us at The Glen. 




Q: It seems like you have quite the NASCAR collection, how and when did that get started?
A: Just like any kid I played with hot wheels and race cars. I had my little track setups and street maps, you know, the good stuff. We moved when I was 8, in 2005, and my mom was already friends with our new next door neighbors. They were car guys, and when he saw how much I played with cars he brought over a bunch of boxed, collectible classic cars. That's when I started collecting. Ever since then, I kept buying more and more. When I reached a certain age I realized I needed to stop playing with them, so I started collecting them. Along with the cars came shirts, hats, autographed driver cards, posters, banners - anything else you can think of. My focus now is collecting diecast. Maybe one day I'll open my own museum!







Q: You're also into amateur racing photography, when did you start doing that? 
A: Ever since my first NASCAR race in 2007 I've been taking photos. Before my first race, my mom bought a Kodak EasyShare digital camera. We brought it to take a few photos but as the race went on I found myself taking photos of all the cars on track and pit road. Ever since then I've been hooked - I'm obsessed with photographing racecars. I use each race as an opportunity to improve my photography. I currently use a Canon Rebel T3 with a 75-300mm lens. This is one of my favorites. 




Q: So, what's your favorite thing about Watkins Glen?

A: Where the track is located, right by Seneca Lake - in the mountains, it's beautiful. But I also love the esses through the bus stop. It's awesome. I can't wait to be back next week for The I LOVE NEW YORK 355 weekend!

If you want to see more of Aaron's photography or hear more of his racing stories, you can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat at @racer48racer. 


The I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen is August 3-6, 2017. Don't have tickets? Get them by visiting this link. Voted BEST NASCAR TRACK by readers of USA Today, NASCAR weekend at The Glen is sure to be one of the most exciting of the season. A special thanks to Aaron for sitting down with us - and handing out trophies on such short notice!